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I have two dogs now, a black mouth cur and a husky / German shepherd mix. Both about 70 pounds. I had a chow before these two and a very smart and territorial old English sheepdog, so Im not afraid of big dogs or dogs who require a firm alpha. There's a 6 month old Rotty just came to the animal rescue group my wife works with. He looks like he will be a big ol boy. I

Thinking of adding him to the family but I don't know much about the breed. My chow and sheepdog needed a firm and constant hand and were fine after the order was established. The cur has always been fine and the husky mix is a big doofus.

What are your experiences?




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I had a female Rottie for several years, she was *the* most stubborn dog I have ever had. That coupled with the strength that Rottweiler’s have can potentially be trouble IMO.. I’m not saying they’re bad dogs at all, just FYI. I doubt I’d own another one. I’m a much bigger fan of the GSD. They (Rottweiler’s) are very loyal and loving dogs, just be sure you find a good trainer.


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An Ex-GF had a Rott. It would climb up in my lap like a cat and go to sleep. Loyal and protective.
And an escape artist too.


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We had a male we adopted when he was about 8 months old. He was already about 110 lbs at that point. He was bred as a show dog, but couldn't compete due to losing a tooth while trying to burrow under a fence.

He was a gentle giant. Our 3 year-old son could lead him all around the yard on a leash and the leash never became taught. I share this info to make the point that, while dog breeds can conform to certain standards, dogs are individuals. Rotties are a great breed, but the dog you are considering should be evaluated on his own temperament. He may be a wonderful addition, but he also may be a terrible match for your existing 2 and 4 legged family.



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We had two rescued Rottweilers. They were both great dogs. The big old male would let our insane male Border Collie hump him even though he disliked the attention. A very patient gentleman of a dog.





 
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Mine is very smart and a great dog. Very good attitude. Very well behaved. Once in a while he will test you as alpha in the first 5 years, but if you stay firm he won't do it again for 6 months.....
 
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Years ago I had a couple different friends with Rotties. Full grown, strong smart loyal slobbering meat farting stink bombs.


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Very people centered. Separation anxiety can be an issue. No idea of their size so they can be 120 lb lap dogs.
We have a 9 week old puppy being delivered tonight.

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The best dog Ive ever owned. Hyper intelligent, easy to train . Intuitively protective and a great judge of human character.


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Being a Rottweier owner is how I got my handle here and other places. I was on the phone with my sister and asked her if she could think of any unique nicknames for me to use as my email address AND to be nice.Big Grin She said that since I had two Rottie shows dogs I was a Rottie Dad. I shortened it to Rotndad.

I may have told this story before. If so forgive me. I was in the kitchen cooking when my 3 year old, 135 pound male Rottie, Hades, wandered in to get away from my 3 year old grand daughter. As my back was turned Hades let out a series of yelps. When I turned to look, Hades, was walking backwards out of the kitchen with my grand daughter leading the way, pulling Hades by his testicles. He gave me a look like "Dad! Please help me". He was a big ol' teddy bear. He loved kids.

We used to visit the Shriner's hospital in Tampa and the John Hopkins all Childrens hospital in St Petersburg. Hades was a therapy dog and loved to climb onto the bed and cuddle the sick children. Numerous times we would stay longer than I had planned for because the child fell asleep cuddling and I didn't want to wake them.

As gentle as Hades was he was he could ri of your arm. He was a Schutzhund dog. Schutzhund is a sport started in Germany based on the abilities of police K9 dogs. THe dogs are judge on protection, tracking, on and obedience work. Hades really LOVED the bite work.

As far as things to be concered about I would ask if the dog has had preliminary X-rays for hip dysplasia. Large breed dogs are prone to it. Hades certified for his hips, elbows and eyelids. These were for breeding. If you want more information on hip dysplasia check out this link... Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. I would also inquire about why he is there. Was he an owner surrender or a stray, if they know if he is good with cats and kids etc. Check with your homeowners insurace and if you live in an HOA area check if they have breed restrictions. Many do Lastly if you do take him in, socialise, socialise, socialise. Like any breed they need to be socialised to be good boys and girls.

In my experience having owned 3 Rotties and being around them during dog shows and Schutzhund trials, Rotties can be anything from an Olympic level athlete to a couch potatoe.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions Rotndad~AT~Gmail.com.





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about 30 years ago I had a 140 lb Schutzen Rottweiler named Fritz. He had been slated for a K9 job but it didn't work out for the officer so we gave him a good home. He was scary smart, affectionate, and extremely protective of the family. Gentle with our kids, my toddler daughter used him as a futon. His bark was awesome and he appeared ferocious to door to door salesmen. The mailman was scared to death of him. Scratch his ears and he became your best friend. My wife could go for walks with him or make late night trips to 7-11 for milk with him in the van and we never worried about her safety. I was running 4 miles a day back then and he was a great running companion with incredible stamina. The down side was that he was so protective of the family that when neighbor kids came over to play with our kids he would aggressively defend our kids from their playmates. I think that would have been different if he had been raised from a pup. An accidental bite from one of these powerful dogs could be serious. What a great personality, I still miss that dog.


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My son (who lives next door) got one and I was a bit concerned about having one as I go over there alot. As time went by I grew to love that dog. He was huge and was so loving. Always come up to you and just want attention. He'd use that huge head to try to keep you there so you'd pet him. At about 12 years old he eventually had the bad hip problems they seem to develope and finally put him down. BUT one mistake alot of people make especially with bigger dogs is keeping them penned or chained up. My son had 8 acres of his property installed with the invisible fence so the dog could roam. These type of dogs if not allowed to burn energy I believe can get aggressive. I know not everyone has large yards and that is a problem for owners of large dogs.
 
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My rottie was a 120# girl who could pop basketballs and carry a 9# bowling ball in her mouth.

She was a fantastic companion and loving family protector. She was a "talker" and her growl would loosen bowels.


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Being a Rottweier owner is how I got my handle here and other places. I was on the phone with my sister and asked her if she could think of any unique nicknames for me to use as my email address AND to be nice.Big Grin She said that since I had two Rottie shows dogs I was a Rottie Dad. I shortened it to Rotndad.

I may have told this story before. If so forgive me. I was in the kitchen cooking when my 3 year old, 135 pound male Rottie, Hades, wandered in to get away from my 3 year old grand daughter. As my back was turned Hades let out a series of yelps. When I turned to look, Hades, was walking backwards out of the kitchen with my grand daughter leading the way, pulling Hades by his testicles. He gave me a look like "Dad! Please help me". He was a big ol' teddy bear. He loved kids.

We used to visit the Shriner's hospital in Tampa and the John Hopkins all Childrens hospital in St Petersburg. Hades was a therapy dog and loved to climb onto the bed and cuddle the sick children. Numerous times we would stay longer than I had planned for because the child fell asleep cuddling and I didn't want to wake them.

As gentle as Hades was he was he could ri of your arm. He was a Schutzhund dog. Schutzhund is a sport started in Germany based on the abilities of police K9 dogs. THe dogs are judge on protection, tracking, on and obedience work. Hades really LOVED the bite work.

As far as things to be concered about I would ask if the dog has had preliminary X-rays for hip dysplasia. Large breed dogs are prone to it. Hades certified for his hips, elbows and eyelids. These were for breeding. If you want more information on hip dysplasia check out this link... Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. I would also inquire about why he is there. Was he an owner surrender or a stray, if they know if he is good with cats and kids etc. Check with your homeowners insurace and if you live in an HOA area check if they have breed restrictions. Many do Lastly if you do take him in, socialise, socialise, socialise. Like any breed they need to be socialised to be good boys and girls.

In my experience having owned 3 Rotties and being around them during dog shows and Schutzhund trials, Rotties can be anything from an Olympic level athlete to a couch potatoe.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions Rotndad~AT~Gmail.com.


+1 to everything stated. I suspect we may have gotten our Rotties from the same place Rotndad did as we’re from the same area. Had ours for 10 and 11 years. We got a male and a female. Beautiful, smart, playful, and protective. Socialization is key from the start and I’d be aware of the homeowners insurance problems. We did get our insurance canceled due to the dogs, mostly because the company we had came around “inspecting” houses for problems after a hurricane in order to “drop” their liability.
Anyway, great dogs, I miss them a lot. Now have a 90 lb. Golden doodle that would have gotten along great with a couple Rotties!






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My aunt had one when I was a teen, and the dog could not be trusted. She would play OK for a bit but then could turn and get serious really quick. this would not happen like an over excited dog biting harder- it became an attack

I am used to dog behavior, and that one seemed off the hinge, and put me off the breed. You could not approach her in the house, even worse near her food bowl. and yes that is probably 100% owner issue not dog issue

That is a statistical example of 1, but I will not trust them. too much mass and power if things go wrong. Lots of people love them.


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We are on our 3rd Rottie. Loki is 4 and is a 90lb bundle of love for everyone he knows. Never so much as raised a hackle at anyone he knows.

Loki has gotten more wary around strangers as he has gotten older.

In my experience they are smart and loyal. Loki is more of a people pleaser while our previous dog Thor was more headstrong and stubborn. Both were wicked smart.

6 months is a good age to bring a new dog in and get him trained. Once you have established yourself as the Alpha you should be good to go.
 
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I got the chow from the pound when he was about 3 or 4 years old you never know for sure. He was very food aggressive and had some issues which honestly went away quickly once I straightened out who was in charge. I didn't have to hit him or anything, just usual alpha moves taking his food away, not letting him walk in front of me, etc. Did have to nail him one time with a rolled up magazine but that was the only time. Never had an issue with him after that was established.

The sheepdog was actually the toughest. That was one smart dog and very stubborn as a result. Everyone just saw a 110 pound fur machine, but she was a mean dog to anyone not in the family. If you were family, kids could climb on her play with her stick their hands in her food etc she just didn't care at all. But she never took to strangers. Had to muzzle her at the vet. But that dog was so smart she knew who belonged in what bedroom, if I was snooping around in my brothers room for example she would bark and let everyone know. But my parents could go in any room and she didn't care. She would herd people outside it was funny. 110 pound dog running straight at you and at the last second she would veer and brush your legs just enough to "herd" you in. Like the chow she needed a firm hierarchy in the pack and once that was established never a problem. My mom picked her because when we went to the farm to get a dog, the litter was all going crazy over some meat he had out. She was off to the side chilled out. My mom thought oh look that one is so calm. The farmer told my dad that's because that one eats first. Shes full already. Lol....

We socialized the cur right away so she wouldn't be as wary of new people and the husky mix generally likes everyone.

This rotty pup is pretty chill and has been around a family and other animals it's entire 6 months. Going to try a meet and greet with the dogs this week and see how that goes.




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I've had x3. All were fantastic dogs.




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We've had three prior to our current Rottie, two males and two females. Rotties are a great family dog, but they are stubborn, loyal, protective and very smart. Our current ten year old Rottie (Baron Von Ruffhausen) has a memory and vocabulary better than mine, knowing the names of his two dozen stuffed toys and where he left each one.

Do a lot of online research on the breed. Their lifespan may range 8-10+ years. They are susceptible to cancers and hip dysplasia. They eat a lot, they drool a lot, they poop a lot. If they don't eat on a schedule, they may experience twisted stomach which can be deadly. Females may be 75-90# and males well over 100#. They need to be taught manners and socialization skills early on. Ours were trained for hand and verbal commands. They looked ferocious, but loved to sit in my wife's lap and sleep on the bed at night.

They're not dogs that you should take on without careful consideration. They need discipline and training. They love to please their owners for the praise. They love to run and need daily exercise to burn off their energy. Ours have all been part of our family. If you just leave a Rottie outside, don't expect it to be a likeable member of the family unit. Our Rotties never met a person they didn't like.

I can't think of any other breed that I'd want to have as a companion.
 
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